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October 26, 2012

BHA celebrates its outstanding year of success

Hotels association toasts awards, achievements and awareness

October 26, 2012, Seminyak—A couple of days ago Bali Hotels Association (BHA)  celebrated a year of achievements and milestones as its Board of Directors and addressed a cocktail party held at Royal Beach Seminyak Bali resort.

So far BHA’s education and scholarship program has reached its tenth anniversary: and most of the alumni are now being employed in the hotels that have sponsored them. At the same time, this year we could also see an impressive 23% decrease in plastics usage within BHA member hotels, Jean-Charles Le Coz, BHA chairman noted.

Mr Le Coz also noted that with 2012 being the tenth anniversary of the first Bali bombing, he was proud of BHA, its members and local law enforcement agencies in developing sound security policies. He further said that the association’s efforts to promote a positive image of the island  had been paying off.

“In addition to a favorable press coverage, which is often a challenge for an island destination like Bali, our 'Bali is My Life' Facebook page has also been being followed by more than 3,600 fans, and our association has achieved a staggering amount of print and online media impressions,” said Mr Le Coz.

Bali has also earned a place in all high-profile travel publications’ best-of-the-best lists. Awards garnered in the past two years include Travel + Leisure’s Best Island in Asia (2011 and held for 10 consecutive years); DestinAsian’s Best Island Destination (2010 and 2011); BBC travel’s World’s Best Island (2011); and Smart Travel Asia’s Asia’s Best Island Destination (2010 and 2012).

There were more than 100 BHA members’ hotel executives as well as the media attending this event. On this wonderful, occasion , Mr Le Coz thanked them all and toasted for the ongoing success of Bali’s tourism industry.

“As you can see, together as stakeholders in Bali’s future, we have won hundreds of awards, as well as certificates of excellence, first prizes, and as the best destination  in the world. This is definitely a good reason to be proud of  and to raise our glasses,” he said.

The Bali Hotels Association is a member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP), a fast-growing grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth.

October 15 , 2012 BHA Press release 

Bali scholarships scheme celebrates one decade of success
BHA initiative has sent nearly 100 students on study program

The Bali Hotels Association’s Scholarship Program—which provides scholarships to 16 students every year to attend the county’s largest tourism institute—has just celebrated its 10th birthday.
The partnership between Bali Hotels Association (BHA) and the Inspirasia Foundation (formerly the Annika Linden Foundation) has seen 91 students in total receive full scholarships and partial scholarships.
“The hotels’ support comes in the form of candidate selection at the initial stage,” said Jean-Charles Le Coz, BHA chairman. “Thereafter, students that are eligible for full scholarship receive a financial support provided by the Inspirasia Foundation while students that are eligible for partial scholarship receive funds from 28 BHA hotel members and/or other sources.”

Note about Inspirasia 

in 2002, the Annika Linden Foundation was formed to create something positive out of this terrible tragedy  In the following nine years, the Annika Linden Foundation funded 16 projects across Bali, Thailand, and India working alongside small non profits addressing issues affecting some of society’s most marginalised groups. 

In 2012, after 10 years of memorial to Annika’s life, the Annika Linden Foundation became the Inspirasia Foundation. 

He cited the example of I Gede Budiman, who was awarded a BHA scholarship in 2005–2006. With a hotel security guard father and a housewife mother, Budiman was invited by the Alila Manggis resort, where his father used to work, to join the program.

Budiman then completed the hotel management program at Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Nusa Dua Bali in May 2009 and, as part of the program's objectives, was hired by the Alila Manggis resort. In this way, hotels that sponsor scholarships directly benefit from the program. It was also a personal triumph for Budiman, to continue working where his father worked. 

“BHA Scholarship Program has made my dream come true to be in the hospitality industry, and I am keen to support the continuity of the program by being an exemplar alumnus. I want to be loyal, dedicated, and responsible to my family, the company and community in Bali.”

Mr Le Coz went on to add that BHA is going to have a book launched celebrating this one-decade of success. This book, which is expected to be a basis and motivation for similar program sustainability, will be printed and distributed to various institutions such as the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and embassies.

Bali Hotels Association (BHA) is a professional group of star-rated hotels and resorts in Bali. Members include general managers from more than 100 hotels and resorts in Bali, representing more than 15,000 hotel rooms and almost 30,000 employees in the tourism sector. BHA’s vision is to keep Bali as the most desirable destination in Asia through the warmth and hospitality of its people, and through sustainable tourism. Its mission is to bring together stakeholders in a non-competitive environment, to exchange information on matters of general interest, to have a common voice on issues pertaining to the tourism and hospitality industries in support of Bali as a destination.

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For further information, contact:
Jean-Charles Le Coz
Chairman of Bali Hotels Association

Nia Septinawati
Scholarship and Education program Bali Hotels Association

For press inquiries, contact:
Rebecca Leppard
Media & Public Relations Bali Hotels Association